Saturday, September 13, 2014

Charming Batiks - Getting there

You may remember that I started a quilt top using batiks and charm squares.

I am slowly working on this top and just enjoying the process.  Friday evening I laid out the squares to see how far along I have gotten.
I have 49 of the 6 1/2" squares.  I want to add a few more inset circles. Since I am out of freezer paper at the moment that will have to wait.  The technique I am using for the circles uses freezer paper.  I have non-crafty/sewing plans for today so I don't have to rush out and buy the freezer paper.
I hope you have a great weekend. The promised cooler weather is here and I am enjoying the open windows. Yesterday we were in the 90's again. I am happy for the relief.



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weaving -Orange is the new Wow

I have been weaving on a wonderful Saori premade warp. I call it orange but it has been listed as both persimmon and sienna.   I will call it orange.  The warp (the threads of the fabric that run parallel with the selvedge) was a challenge to me as I didn't love orange so much. Or at least that was what I thought.  The warp was six meters long (about 19.65 feet or more than six yards.)

Now I have this lovely fabric which I had to just drape around me.
I love it and want it to become a knockout piece of clothing for me to wear.   I hope to show it to you in weeks to come. I may be chicken to cut into it because I love it so much.

Linking this up for Link A Finish Friday.


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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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Now, I must get back to *my* projects.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

I Made it Happy

Remember how the t-shirt I sewed the woven fabric on didn't work for me.  It didn't fit my niece either (it was HUGE on her.)  So I ripped away the tshirt and saved my woven fabric.

I used another black t-shirt and played around with ideas.  Somehow, I took Vicki's idea but twisted it a bit.
Rather than taking a panel down one side, i went from the right shoulder on an angle. Then I cut another strip and went from the left sleeve to meet the first strip.
It makes me happy!

I wore this to our church picnic Sunday. One of our members was taking pictures, so a friend and I did a silly pose.
Sharing a hotdog!
The picnic was held at a pavilion on the lake which is right across the street from our church.  It was a beautiful day, although very hot and humid. I burn easily so I stayed out of the sun as much as possible.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a very happy week.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Sewing Success

After the T-shirt sewing not making me happy, I decided to do some sure-fire "happy making" sewing.
You may remember that I started a quilt using batiks and charm squares.  I was going to make my version of a Yellow Brick Road.  But then I found the six minute circle and added some inset circle squares.
So I decided to just mix it up and have fun with it. No plans except block size and fabrics.

So here are the blocks I made to do some happy sewing:
And here are some of the previously made blocks


I have a few more "starting squares" cut
and a bit more fabric under the arm of the machine. I was expecting a possible guest so I neatened up the area.
The charm squares are hiding inside that roll of fabrics.  I do love my batiks.

Now I think I will attack that t-shirt and remove my woven fabric and see what I can do with it.


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